A number of factors need to be considered, such as your age, general health, and the nature of your cancer. It is important you gather as much reliable information as possible about the options available to you.
Some things to consider:
- Know what your choices are
- Make sure you are involved in the decision-making
- as much as you feel able
- Find out about the pros and cons of each option
- Identify the option that suits you best.
Remember, there is no ‘right’ choice, only what is best for you, depending on your values. Understanding as much as you can about prostate cancer enables you to participate in the decisions about different treatment options. It is important to ask your doctor for as much information as you need. Discussing options with your partner and/or close friends or relatives can also help. So might going along to your local prostate cancer support group.
Getting a second opinion is valuable and doesn’t mean you have less faith in your health professional. When it comes to your prostate cancer diagnosis, it can be a good idea for you to get a second opinion about your results and your treatment options. Talking it through with another doctor or health professional who understands prostate cancer can help clear up some concerns you have, and help you understand the best treatment option for you.
While there is a wide range of information available on the internet, it is important to know that this can be confusing and may also be inaccurate, and sometimes, plain wrong or not relevant to your particular situation.
“I searched the internet for information on prostate cancer… What I found was terrifying. Nearly every story was negative and about varying levels of incontinence and erectile dysfunction, with no positive outcomes and eventual death.”
Always make sure that information is from credible and reliable sources. Your healthcare team can assist you with what information is most useful for your situation. Prostate Cancer Support Group networks can be very helpful with specific information and linking you with men and their partners who have been through the same process.